More on Maryland mall shooter Darion Marcus Aguilar


Via CNN, Howard County Police identified the shooter from yesterday’s shooting at the Mall in Columbia:

The gunman in the killings of two workers Saturday at a Maryland mall has been identified as Darion Marcus Aguilar, 19, Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said Sunday.

The suspect arrived by cab about an hour before the shooting, and his movements at the mall were limited, McMahon said, adding that Aguilar fired between six and eight shots.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

He had arrived at the mall with a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun, a large amount of ammunition and a bag in which they found two crude devices made of “flash powder and household items.”

WBAL Radio reports the shotgun was purchased legally in Montgomery County in December. I looked on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search when the name was released and saw no past record in civil or criminal proceedings for Aguilar. The Sun reported similiar information.

Current news stories indicate Aguilar most recently lived in College Park. Aguilar went to James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring. A listing in the senior directory dated May 7, 2013 indicated that he had plans to attend Montgomery College in Rockville. Blake High School is a “signature school for fine arts and humanities.”

A recap from CNN:

McMahon told reporters that the shooter apparently fatally shot a man and woman — both store employees — before shooting himself in a store on the second floor of The Mall in Columbia. The motive was unclear.

Police identified the dead employees as 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson. Both worked at Zumiez, a shop that caters to skaters, where the shootings took place.


The body of the suspected shooter was found near a shotgun on the floor of Zumiez, police said, along with unspent ammunition.

Late Saturday, police revealed that “two crude devices that appeared to be an attempt at making explosives using fireworks” were found inside the shooter’s bag inside the store. “Both were disabled,” police added.

Despite previous reports that it was a domestic situation, police say the motive still is not clear.

The Sun has more:

Aguilar lived near victim, Benlolo, but McMahon didn’t know if they knew each other.

Surveillance video showed that Aguilar arrived at the mall at about 10:15 a.m. in a cab and walked into the upstairs entrance near the mall carousel. He then walked downstairs before he came back upstairs. Police report shots fired about an hour after he arrived.

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